NASA’s CAPSTONE Aces First Targeting Maneuver on Journey to the Moon

 the first trajectory correction maneuver, which was originally scheduled for the morning of July 5th

after communications were restored on July 6, NASA’s CAPSTONE successfully completed its first trajectory correction maneuver,

the next few months to more accurately target CAPSTONE’s transfer orbit to the Moon.

The maneuver lasted just over 11 minutes and changed the spacecraft’s velocity by about 45 miles per hour

CAPSTONE is now about 289,000 miles (465,000 km) from Earth, beyond the orbit of the Moon.

CAPSTONE will loop back around and arrive to its lunar orbit – called a near rectilinear halo orbit

Two technology demonstrations on CAPSTONE could allow future spacecraft to navigate near the Moon

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